Maternity Benefits Information

What do I need to consider as a UNC Health Care employee when I am pregnant?

  1. Discuss your plans with your supervisor.
  2. If you have at least one year of service with UNC Health Care and have worked at least 1250 hours then you should apply for Family Medical Leave.
  3. Review your benefits.
    • Will you add your newborn to your health insurance? If yes, then please click here for State Health Change Instructions
    • Will you add your newborn to your other benefits?
    • Changes MUST be made within 30 days of the baby’s birth.
  4. Determine if you have enough leave to cover your absence (PTO/Long Term Sick Leave Bank or Sick/Vacation).
  5. Update your beneficiaries.
    • Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System Participants—using Retirement forms 2RC and 2DB
    • Optional Retirement Plan Participants—update beneficiaries with plan vendor
    • MetLife- go to
    • NCFlex Life (ING Life) and NCFlex Core & Voluntary Accidental Dealth & Dismemberment plans —go to
  6. Contact your Benefits Consultant.

What are my options while on leave without pay?

    1. You may be on a leave without pay as approved by your supervisor.
    2. You may apply for the Voluntary Shared Leave program which allows co-workers to donate leave to an employee who has exhausted all of their leave, has been out of work for at least 20 consecutive workdays, and has a serious medical condition.
      • Period of disability for normal vaginal delivery is 1st 6 weeks after baby’s birth; period of disability for C-section is 1st 8 weeks after baby’s birth
      • In maternity cases, shared leave can only be used for the period of disability (1st 6 weeks to 1st 8 weeks) unless otherwise certified by your physician
      • All Voluntary Shared Leave forms MUST be received by the Employee Benefits Office within 30 days of employee’s last day worked
      • Co-workers and immediate family members employed with the State may donate vacation leave, sick leave, PTO and Long Term Sick Leave
      • Benefits Analysts handling the shared leave case will email the supervisor when the donation time has been added to the employee’s leave balance

How do I continue my benefits when on maternity leave?

  • If you have enough leave to cover your absence then your benefit deductions will continue to come out of your paycheck.
  • If you will not have enough leave to cover your absence then Employee Benefits will send you a notification of payments that are due and you have two choices
    1. You may continue the benefits by sending payments to the Payroll Office on or before the first of each month.
      a. If you do not send in payments and you return before you miss three (3) bi-weekly payments then catch –up deductions will be taken from the first available paycheck on a post-tax basis.
      b. If you miss three (3) bi-weekly payments and do not send in payments your benefits will be cancelled. You will need to re-enroll within 30 days of your return to work. Waiting periods may apply.
    2. You may cancel your coverages while on leave without pay. However if you have cancelled coverage then waiting periods may apply when you re-enroll.
      a. To cancel your health insurance please visit
      b. To cancel NCFlex Benefits such as dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts please visit
      c. To cancel all other benefits please submit the Miscellaneous Cancellation Form.
Please NOTE the following:
  • While on Leave of Absence without pay, you are not eligible to receive the Health Insurance Special Pay.
  • When you return to work, please check your direct deposit statement carefully to make sure that the benefits for which you have re-enrolled are activated.
  • If you have a parking deduction, please contact the Parking Office at 966-1031.